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Color Harmony for Your Home


Published ca. 1956


The Colorizer system of paint matching and mixing, with a tribute to the role color consciousness plays in everyday life and modern design.


Run time 20:27
Producer Rippey, Henderson and Bucknum, Inc.
Sponsor Colorizer Associates
Audio/Visual Sd, C

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Color design paints painting houses and homes interior design color wheels flowers time-lapse flowers blooming telephones plastic plasticware Melmacware
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Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2012
Subject: Wish they had this today
As I prepare to repaint much of my house yet AGAIN! I'd give anything to have a friendly colorizer dealer near me. I'd skip that Home Depot/Lowes paint stuff and quickly pick colors right. The paint chip displays in those big box stores are chaotic and its impossible to get a handle on what you really want. Not to mention the lighting in those stores distorts all the tints such that you bring the swathes home to household lighting and then can't figure out why you even considered those colors. Then theres the racks where the swatches jump diectly from pale off white to saturated deep tones that will make any room look like a cave. There may be more luscious variations these days in flats and various glosses....but the color selelction is all screwed up.

By the way, that was no easy job she did repainting that living room. That was almost certainly oil base paint (messy and smelly not to mention you had to clean up everything including yourself with turpentine).

Today the closest thing to a colorizer wheel is a big thick booklet of swatches more orderly arranged then the racks in Home Depot; and I've only seen professional painters with them and they guard them with their life.

Intriguing look at decorating in the mid 1950's. Nineteen stars!
Reviewer: Marysz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2005
Subject: Colorizing Her Life Away
A lone woman haunts a Colorizer paint dealer with fabric swatches that she matches up with Colorizer paint chips. The Colorizer system used a Color Harmony Selector to find a particular paint color and the Colorizer album showed all the colors in the color family. Then you bought a can of paint along with pigments and mixed it all up at home. The Colorizer dealers had an easy time of it. They didn't have to mix up the paint--they just handed everything over to the customer. The only problem for the Colorizer dealers would be people like the female customer in this film, who comes back again and again dragging in curtain material and in some cases even rugs, to match colors. She lives in a sleek ranch house with classy modernist furniture. Does she live alone? We never see any husband or kids and she's making all her Colorizer paint decisions on her own. There's a scene where, wearing a bandanna, she paints over wallpaper. Is this wallpaper a remnant of a previous design obsession her part? Maybe this is why she lives alone. By the end of the film, she has her own Harmony Selector (the paint dealer probably gave it to her out of desperation to keep her out of his store) and stands thoughtfully holding it next to her curtain, wondering what to do next.

This film reminds me of another film in the Archives, that shows men in a similar situation. Like the woman here, the men live in domestic spaces, but we never see their spouses. They men are obsessed with obtaining the best sound from their record players and sit alone in their living rooms listening to classical music. Both films have an unintentional pathos. Perfectionism can be a real marriage buster.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2005
Subject: I'll Take Color Chaos Over Color Order Anytime
This 50s film presents a complicated system for choosing paint colors, as well as the colors of everything else in the home, so that the housewife need not rely on her own judgment and risk ending up with a room thatÂs not ÂtastefulÂ. All the colors presented are muted and sick-looking, but thatÂs the price you pay for being tasteful. That being said, the film is full of great examples of 50s furniture that any self-respecting vintage shop owner would groan over today, and which probably sells for thousands on eBay. My favorite, though, is the colored telephones (Wilbur, where are you when I need you?). Watch for a great scene of the ubiquitous 50s housewife in the film redecorating a room by simply painting over the wallpaper. And listen for lots of great lines, such as ÂColorizer creates color order out of confusion, or ÂDial the color harmony of your creative tomorrow!Â
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavorite - April 3, 2003
Subject: The colors just don't stop coming, but it's all pretty drab.
In this totally unremarkable film, The colorizer wheel of color choosing is demonstrated over and over. While color scheming could be interesting for some, I found this whole film unremarkable and dragged out. There are some pretty scenes of nature, and some far out rooms, but the whole film totally wears out it's welcome very fast.
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